Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding ties, grace notes, and Simple Entry commands, part of Finale 2012 Essential Training.
There are a lot of details to notating music in a computer-based music notation program. In Simple Entry, there are a number of commands that you can use to modify notes and fine-tune your scores. So, if you would, go ahead and open up the files in the 5_06 folder, and you can tile and arrange them as we have in past videos. Also notice that I've located these scores both to measure 16. So we are going to start off by entering some notes at bar 18, and you can see that there are a few things in the score that we haven't done yet. So I am going to Option+Click in bar 18 to set my cursor and go ahead and enter the note F. You notice that I just entered the wrong duration, so I am going to go back to that note using the arrow key to select it, and then I am going to modify the duration by holding down the Option key and pressing the right note value on the numpad, which in this case is 6.
Now, that would be Alt+6 on a PC. So now I can arrow back over with the right arrow and add the quarter note F. Move on. Now in the next measure, I need to add a grace note. So I first need to add the note and then modify it. So I am going to press 4 in this case for an eighth note shape. Press F again. Now that the note is in, I am going to modify it by holding down Option and pressing the G for grace note key, and that would be Alt+G on a PC. You can see that it converts that into that smaller note size.
Now I can press 6, and I am going to arrow up just a couple of notes so that I am closer to the C, so when I press C on the keyboard, it will actually enter the C in the right octave. Then I can press 5. I can add in the C quarter note. And again, we need to add another grace note, so I'll press 4 for the eighth note shape, add the note in--a C--and then Option+G on a Mac or Alt+G on a PC. Now at times, you actually may have to enter multiple grace notes, so just for practice, I am going to go ahead and I am going to enter another grace note here as an eighth note.
Let me put in a D and Option+G to convert it. And I want to beam those two grace notes together, so I am going to hit the forward slash key. Now you'll notice that the second of the two grace notes is currently selected and when I hit the forward slash key, it will toggle the beam to the previous note. So not it's on. If I hit again, you will notice that it goes off. Okay, and I am going to undo that because now if I want, I can go ahead and press 6 and I can add in the next D. Okay, it looks like I have a little mistake there, so I am just going to use my arrow key to go back to that note and hit Delete and now it's gone.
A couple other things we can do to modify notes. If this note was a D-flat, I might want to have the enharmonic equivalent of this note. So while that's selected, I am going to go ahead and hit the backslash key, and notice that it turns it into its enharmonic equivalent, a C-sharp. Now on a PC, you do that with the key that's below the Escape key, which is either called the accent or tilde key. And I am going to Command+Z to undo that, and one more time to get back to the D. Now at times, there may be something else in the score that's getting in the way of a stem of that D that I have just added, so I want to flip that.
So I am going to press the letter L. You notice that it puts the stem up. That's the same on either Mac or PC. Now all of these commands that I have been explaining to you are under the Simple menu. So I am going to go up and click Simple and go down to Simple Edit Commands, and the ones that we have been talking about in this video are under Modify Entry. So whether you're on a Mac or a PC, when you go in here you will find the shortcuts, and these are all going to be shortcuts that you are going to want to review because you're going to be using these a lot. The Change Duration, for example, what we just did to fix that one note, is listed right here.
Let's just do one more. So you'll notice that I am in the treble clef staff, so I am going to move my cursor down into the bass clef. Let me Option+Click to set my cursor down there. And I am going to add a couple notes. So let me press 5 and a 0 to add that quarter rest in and then a 6, because I want to put in that F half note, and I'll put F. And then before I put the tie in, I am actually going to press 5 and add the next note. Now as you remember, you can add T to add a tie to a note going to the next note, but if you forget, you can go to the previous note by going Shift+T. And that shortcut again is listed under the Simple menu.
So a look at a variety of scores from just the last hundred years shows that there are innumerable ways to notate music. For a notation program to be successful, it must be flexible and allow music to be notated in a manner that fits a particular style or era. Remember that many of the solutions to notation issues can be adjusted by using the Simple Entry modify commands.
- Setting up the hardware and software
- Creating a Finale score document
- Importing files
- Viewing and navigating documents
- Entering and editing notes with the mouse, keyboard, and real or virtual instruments
- Understanding measuring basics and music spacing
- Adding lyrics
- Notating music on a grand staff
- Notating choral music with layers
- Notating for guitar, including tablature and Smart Shapes
- Recording in real time
- Adding expressions and articulations
- Formatting scores
- Printing scores
- Exporting documents